Review this album
Aug 13, 2010A surprisingly well done fourth album.
I never thought much of Rick Ross. Port of Miami was average and Trilla was horrible. Deeper Than Rap was ferocious but still lacking. Teflon Don though represents his peak. It feels lavish, luxurious, and soulful. The production is carefully mixed and crafted to perfection in a very alluring manner. It feels like a billionaire's club. The leisure, the success, the danger.
Take for example, Maybach Music 3, a orchestral masterpiece that enchants as well as warns. And Super High feels like a jazzy rich guy song that feels supreme with the Ne-Yo's flavor of contemporary R&B in the chorus. Blowin Money Fast is a pounding beat that resonates not as a part track but as a siren that even rich dudes know how to play bad.
Rick Ross himself is a reason for the album's high rating. Lyrically, he gives more punchlines and has become funnier adding to the album's level of interest. He has become more focused and more diverse in his themes. One of the best lines is "My top back like JFK/They wanna push my top back like JFK!". It's funny at the same time serious.
However the album still has weaknesses. The guest spots once again outshine the main star. Kanye West comes in on Live Fast Die Young and rips it to millions of pieces before Rick Ross can come back with a good chunk. Another problem is the repetitiveness of the album. MC Hammer and BMF are basically the same beat (Ross should have combined them both as one track). And the rich thug raps get too weary. After all, we are way past the age of gangsta rap (no offense to Ice Cube) and the "I-used-to-sell-crack" rap. It seems like everyone has done it.
But Teflon Don is still a good listen and it is proof that it stands against shots coming from Ross' detractors because it emphasizes on musical quality.… Collapse
Nov 5, 2010Ricky without doubt wins 2010's "Most Improved" award! His albums have been getting progressively better, I really wasn't a fan of the first three LP's but this CD is up there with the best this year, I could name less than 5 Hip Hop albums better than Teflon Don so far. The best feature of the album is definitely the production and the Collaboration with Cee-Lo is brilliant. The only reason that the album doesn't deserve to be more than an 8/10 is Rick's lyrics, not awful but they could use a bit of work, this album has (Shockingly) made me excited for his next attempt.… Expand
Oct 11, 2013This is a classic rap album, period. Here Rick Ross has an album that paints an overall picture of a guy who sees the street life as almost a political rebellion against an oppressive and the answer is capitalism. He paint himself as the Don and succeeds at it: his lyrics get deep at various points; features a lot of talented artists and he sounds great on almost every song. Despite Rick Ross being very corpulent, this rap album has no fat at all. Absent are the unnecessary skits and interludes and filler songs. This is one of the best edited, leanest albums I've ever heard; it proves that Ross understands that greatness is not only having something to say, but knowing when you've said enough. There are no less than 3 classics on this album and no less than 8 (out of 11 total) really good songs. There are no bad songs on this albums and the texture of the sounds are consistent. After 2 years I can still listen to this album without skipping songs and with the same enjoyment that I got initially. This is Rick Ross's best album.… Expand
Mar 5, 2013the first half of the album is great, while the other half is not quite. the beats on the first half are not like mainstream rap and feature people like kanye west ceelo green, t.i., jadakiss, and jay-z. while the last half contains diddy, drake, gucci mane, and other mainstream artists, just listen to the first 6 songs